Jay's "Ugly Truth" video


Why does this get mentioned so rarely? 

I've experienced the "dark side" and have never had the means to afford gear that's remotely close to the level that Jay focuses on. 

What about you -- can you relate or have you always been able to maintain a healthy balance and avoid being overtaken by obsession? 


I will repeat something that is not obvious for most...

The audio engineering vocabulary and concepts are not the acoustic and psycho-acoustic vocabulary and concepts and neither of those are the musical vocabulary and concepts ...We had three musketeers here who are four really because psycho-acoustics is not reducible to physical acoustics...

The word "details" here will mean three different aspect of the potential experience of perceived "details"... It will be the same for the word "musical" with three different meanings and experiences ... And it is the same trichotomy for any other concepts...

Then it is not purchasing an upgrade that will teach you how to distinguish and relate this three different conceptual perspectives , it will be the task to optimize and study the mechanical,electrical and acoustical embeddings of any gear you already own in their rightful optimal synergetical working dimensions...

Audiophile experience means learning how to make converge these three (four) conceptual perspectives in ONE meaningful experience... This had nothing to do with buying 40 amplifiers, 40 dacs, and forty pair of speakers...

Musicians and acousticians upgrade less...😁😊 Why ?

They care less about the brand names and more about their ears experience and how to improve it with no need very often for upgrade... Save the necessary one upgrade when all that is possible have been done  with what we already own... Not before...

@blackbag20 I just spent the last 1.5 hours clearing out the boxes. I kept 3, the CODA #16 amp, Magnum Dynalab MD108T tuner, and KEF KC62 sub (this was a problematic piece in the past but good so far). The MD 108T will need calibrating in about a decade, likely in Toronto. Bryston and Axiom now own them.

The Yamaha NS5000 speakers can be repaired by me (I did the Thiel CS3.7 in the past) and there is local dealer that sells the NS5000. Though I did not buy from them.

I am keeping the CODA#16 box because I am demoing the Sim Audio Moon 861 or 761 amps this month with the NS5000 dealer.

I have a lot of Schitt gear for headphones (and Yggi+ LM DAC) I can easily drive to the SchittR to get any repairs done (70 miles).

It feels great to clear out the garage and now have a different mindset to audio.

I have been a member of A'gon since about 2000 (yyz before) and until 2018 I had about 200 posts. In the last 5 years, I have about 4K posts and tons of buying and selling. That is all done now, except for the SimAduio demo and a purchase of a PlayBack Designs DAC. 


I need to update the Virtual System for my Office. The dirty deed with the boxes is in the last 2 photos.


do you have an email and a phone number that you could pass on to me so I can get in touch with you about rebuilding a crossover,

my email address is urbie19@hotmail.com.


Call this an "error" caused by a slight OCD in audio.... The same obsession that guided me through one year full time acoustic experiments ... 

Yes. The same faculty can serve a discriminative or obsessive function, as is true with so many human faculties. As others have said, it's a matter of balance and maintaining perspective. 



This is for Jay. It kind of sucks you have these things happening to you. I do not know what all is going on in your life  if this is causing you problems in your life then sell it all. $500,000 is a fantastic nest egg after you sell all the two channel stuff. In about 7.2 years you could double your money. Also, If you knew what is coming soon you would sell it right now. In a year no one will buy your equipment  if you have the money parked you will be a multi millionaire in ten years just off of your money you made from your audio sale. Bottom line, this industry is not healthy for you and your relationships. If that was all a gimmick then that really sucks.